Football: Stowell keeps Bolton at bay

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ROBBIE DENNISON'S 21st- minute goal settled a compelling contest which was battled out on a mud bath at Molineux in front of a 24,053 crowd yesterday.

Dennison's strike, after Kevin Keen's free-kick had been cleared to him on the edge of the area, ended Bolton's 16-match unbeaten run. The Lancashire side had dominated much of the contest but were denied by a series of superb saves from the Wolves goalkeeper, Mike Stowell.

Jimmy Phillips, the Bolton full- back, was left hanging his head in disbelief after his close-range header was pushed away by Stowell after Robert Fleck, on loan from Chelsea, had nodded on a cross by Jason McAteer.

Wolves, with only one defeat in 17 games, have now won three games in a row, all by the odd goal. They had their moments, particuarly late on when Steve Bull brought a tremendous save from Bolton's goalkeeper Aidan Davison.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Stowell; Thompson, Venus, Rankine, Blades, Shirtliff, Dennison, Birch, Bull (Bennett, 59), Kelly (Regis, 59), Keen. Substitute not used: Jones (gk).

Bolton: Davison; Brown, Phillips, Kelly, Seagraves, Winstanley, McAteer, Stubbs, Green (Thompson, 69), Fleck, Patterson. Substitutes not used: Lee, Hoult (gk).

Referee: W Flood (Stockport).